Following the release of a shocking video showing a Planned Parenthood official casually talking about the sale of aborted foetus parts, a full blown investigation on the scandal quickly began taking shape as calls mounted for the prosecution of those who may have broken the law.
“When an organization monetizes an unborn child – and with the cavalier attitude portrayed in this horrific video – we must all act”, the Ohio Republican said. The doctor is also the chairman of the Senate’s Committee on Health and Human Services.
Planned Parenthood says the allegations are false, noting that patients often donate fetal tissue for research purposes and any costs are usually due to reimbursements for shipping costs.
“Affiliates are not looking to make money by doing this”, Nucatola said.
A spokesman for Planned Parenthood, Eric Ferrero, said in a statement that the claims were “flat out” untrue, “but that doesn’t matter to politicians with a longstanding political agenda to ban abortion and defund Planned Parenthood“. “This is unacceptable, and I personally apologize for the staff member’s tone and statements”, said Cecile Richards, the group’s president, in a video out Thursday. This year, state lawmakers approved a budget that will prevent Planned Parenthood from participating in the joint state-federal Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, which provides cancer screening for poor, uninsured women in Texas.
Republican leaders from the House Energy and Commerce Committee said Wednesday it planned to probe the organization. The YouTube video includes detailed discussion of how hearts, lungs and livers of the unborn might be best harvested. Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, a top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, called the upcoming investigations “another witch hunt” by Republicans. Noncommercial tissue donation is allowed if the woman undergoing an abortion gives her consent.
On Wednesday, the House removed the Komen group as an aid recipient and approved the legislation 421-9.
The California-based group responsible for the video, the Center for Medical Progress, appears to have been started relatively recently. David Daleiden led the undercover project and urged elected officials to get involved. She is heard giving a range of monetary estimates.
Planned Parenthood said in a statement yesterday the apparent discussion in the video about pricing of fetal remains was taken out of context.
Planned Parenthood representatives in Texas did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the state investigation.
“The video offers a glimpse into an organization that knowingly and deliberately destroys human life to further its bottom line”, Paxton said in a statement. It’s become as flashpoint topic for Presidential candidates like Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Jay Hottinger, R-Newark, and Rep. Christina Hagan, R-Alliance. But experts say the law is so narrow and weak that Planned Parenthood may still be technically in compliance.